Football: France defender Ferland Mendy signs with Real Madrid

Mendy (right) fights for the ball with Andorra forward Alex Martinez.
Mendy (right) fights for the ball with Andorra forward Alex Martinez.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - French defender Ferland Mendy has signed for Real Madrid in a deal worth an initial €48 million (S$74 million), the player's current club Olympique Lyonnais said on Wednesday (June 12).

Since he joined Lyon in July 2017, Mendy, 24, has played four times for France and played games in Champions League.

Real Madrid and its newly re-hired coach Zinedine Zidane has started to sign prominent players, such as Belgium winger Eden Hazard, to strengthen the team ahead of next season after a disappointing 2018-2019 campaign.

Real Madrid will pay an initial €48 million for Mendy with a possible further €5 million in incentive payments.